Welcome to Richmond Christian Center, Richmond, VA

Richmond Christian Center (RCC) started on December 4, 1983 in the living room of its founder, Dr. Stephen A. Parson, Sr.  The congregation, at this first service in Richmond, Virginia, consisted of his wife and children. The church membership increased rapidly - from 100 to over a thousand members in three years. Since it’s early beginnings, the Church has received both national and international recognition for its television ministry (BET) and various outreach ministries. 

Many were drawn to hear the uncompromised teaching of the word of God and to witness miracles, signs and wonders such as that witnessed in 1985.  During that faithful Sunday service the Lord used the ministry of Pastor Parson and the prayers of the faith filled members to miraculously bring a woman back to life after she fell dead in the church.  The church received further recognition after this incident was certified and written up in the local papers.   When asked what he would attribute to the success of his ministry, he always responds, " The Word of Faith" (Romans 10:8).


In 1998, Dr Parson was led to begin a work in the country of Brazil. He first ministered in Santos, Rio de Janeiro and then Recife. After many months and much traveling to Brazil, he then established a church in Salvador, Bahia, Brazil and called it Faith Alive International Ministries of Brazil (FAIMB). He has since learned to speak portuguese and has sponsored missionary trips to the country providing medical ministry to the Brazilians in their more poverty stricken areas.  A Ministry to children was also established along with a Missionary Training Center to the Nations (MTCN) headquartered in Salvador for the purpose of training workers to go to other nations with the Gospel.


In 2004, RCC became a headquarters church and started works in Washington, D.C.,  in addition to Brazil (FAIMB).  

More than 20 Churches in the Richmond area and around the country have been birthed, licensed, ordained and established out of the ministry of Dr. Steve Parson and the Richmond Christian Center.  His purpose, intent and goal is to fulfill the call of God on his life -- minister, teach and then demonstrate the Word of Faith so that people´s faith “would not be in the wisdom of man but in the Power of a Resurrected Lord.”  Pastor Parson´s message is one of simplicity, but also one of Power.  His reputation as a teacher is "He ministers in a way that even a child can understand." His emphasis has always been first and foremost eternal life and salvation through the Lord Jesus Christ, " What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?”

Over the years many nationally recognized and highly respected Ministers and Teachers have been among our guests at RCC.  Among them was Dr. Frederick K. C. Price of Crenshaw Christian Center, located in Los Angeles, California.  Dr. Price conducted the Dedication Service.  Also, in 1992, Brother Kenneth Hagin, Sr. conducted an All Faith Crusade at RCC.   Others have included: Bishop Nathaniel Holcomb, T. L. Osborne, Charles Capps, Marilyn Hickey, Norvell Hayes, Creflo Dollar, Jr., Bishop Wellington Boone, Phil Goudeaux, Dr. Leroy Thompson, Daryl Coley, Helen Baylor, Phil Driscoll, Larnell Harris, Fred Hammond, Kirk Franklin, Marvin Sapp, Lavern Tripp and others.

Currently RCC is serving the community through the Word of God.  We have numerous outreach programs such as Youth Ministry, Children’s Ministry, Nursing Home Ministry and many others as listed on our “Ministries” page.


8:00 a.m.

Worship Service

Dynamic Minister & Teacher

Dr. Stephen A. Parson, Sr.

Founder and Pastor

Children's Church

(A Caring Atmosphere for young children allowing Parents to Worship in Main Sanctuary)

11:00 a.m.

SuperPower Service for the

Youth & Young at Heart

Praise & Worship

  National Recording Artists

Twins Nell and Nique

The Unique, Engaging

Motivational Ministry of

Minister “C” - Calvin Yarbrough


  7:00 p.m.

Bible Study

214 Cowardin Ave. Richmond,VA 23224
* Phone 804.230.1222  *
Fax 804.230.1721 *
Online Bible 
& Bible Study Toolshttp://www.biblestudytools.com/

Dr. Stephen A. Parson, Sr.

Founder and Pastor

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Our Mission

Fulfill Jesus’ directive to “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation.  Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved....And these signs will accompany those who believe: In my name they will drive out demons; they will speak in new tongues....they will place their hands on the sick, and the sick will get well.” (Luke 16:15- 18)


Pastor Parson and Reverend Cavell Phillips

Watch Dr. Stephen Parson

Saturday mornings at 9:00 a.m.

on The Word Network